HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONTABO – Contabo celebrates its 10th birthday

Contabo setup promotion

Finally… we are celebrating our 10th birthday. Exactly 10 years ago Contabo, formerly known as Giga-Hosting and Giga-International, started with a small service-oriented approach – and now, 10 years later, we operate our own data center in the heart of Munich and are an integral part of the national and international hosting market. By the way: More details about our company history – including previously unreleased facts and shocking pictures – will be published in our Contabo blog within the next weeks.

Prevailing for such a long time in a fast-changing environment (called the Internet) makes us really proud and that’s the reason why we would like to express our special thanks to our customers for the successful and trustful cooperation over the past 10 years.

In order to give this anniversary its due, we would like to thank you with several very special events.

10 years Contabo = 10 days no setup fees!
No Setup Fees
We are waiving the setup fees for the next 10 days.
All of our hosting products are available without any installation fee.

You want to save up to 70 Euros? Then order one of our Dedicated servers (except: Dedicated server X and 6-Core) or virtual servers or any other product within the next 10 days.

So what are you waiting for? The promotion is starting today and is valid for the next 10 days only.


Join in and win: Remote-controlled drone, Nexus 7 Pad and much more!
This competition is addressed to all the creative ones among you.

You are a poet or you love to write? Show us what you are made of and send us your English poem about Contabo.
The winners will be awarded with one of ten very attractive prizes.

Details about the competition are coming soon. Be informed as usual on our Facebook Page or here on our blog.

Stay tuned!



From Squeeze to Wheezy like a breeze!!!

Upgrading Debian 6.0 to 7.0


With the release of Debian 7.0 there are two ways that you can have this distribution installed on your VPS or Dedicated servers.

One is the clean installation, this could be done using our customer control panel. This is a complete re-installation, so you will loose all your data. This method is recommended as it will freshly install a clean distribution.

But if your system is not that critical, or if you have somehow a 'clean' system, which means that you have installed software only using package management tools, you have not manually 'tweaked' anything or if you have not installed any additional software using .tar, then you can proceed with the following instructions to upgrade from Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) to Debian 7.0 (Wheeze).

Before we begin a word of caution :  Though we have tested this on a test server here at our Contabo labs, and everything seem to work without any problem, we highly recommend you to create a backup and store it remotely before you begin, just in case.

Complete official instruction to upgrade can be found here.

Bringing your current Debian 6 up-to-date:

Before beginning it is a good idea to ensure your current release is up to date. You can do it using the following commands:

Update and Upgrade

apt-get update

apt-get upgrade

Changing sources.list

Please open your favorite text editor to open /etc/apt/sources.list file

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

and change squeeze to wheezy, after the change my /etc/apt/sources.list file looks like this :

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy main non-free contrib
deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy-updates main contrib non-free


Upgrade the System

We follow the upgrade process in the following sequence according to the official how-to.

Update the sources

apt-get update


Minimal upgrade

apt-get upgrade

Upgrade the kernel
You can check the current installed version of your kernel using the following command :

dpkg -l | grep linux-image

my output was:

ii  linux-image-2.6-amd64                2.6.32+29                      Linux 2.6 for 64-bit PCs (meta-package)
ii  linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64           2.6.32-45                      Linux 2.6.32 for 64-bit PCs


Upgrading kernel :

apt-get install linux-image-2.6-amd64

next step would be to update grub to be sure that everything works as expected:


update udev

apt-get install udev


Final upgrade:

After all the above steps have been completed, we can upgrade the distribution:

apt-get dist-upgrade

Here you go – have fun with your new Debian 7.0 - you can check your version:

cat /etc/issue

Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 \n \l